Softball

Coaches of the Year

Mike Johnson, Huntingtown

After winning four state titles at Northern, Johnson started the Hurricanes' program with players from three schools and, in two months, molded them into Maryland 3A champions. It was the first time a first-year softball program won a state title, and Johnson became the second coach in state history to win championships at two schools.

Frank Moore, Calvert

With two returning starters, yet enormous expectations, Moore guided the Cavaliers to the Maryland 2A title, their fifth in his 22 seasons. Calvert became the first school -- and Moore the first coach -- to win state titles in three classifications, adding to a 1997 4A crown and 3A championships in 1992, '93 and '98.

Softball

Player of the Year

P Megan Elliott, Calvert, Jr.

All-Met player of the year and two-time All-Extra player of the year capped a dominant postseason with a victory over Easton in the Maryland 2A championship game. Went 22-1-1 with a 0.08 ERA. Matched her state record of 21 shutouts, including her final 14 games of the season. Allowed just two hits and one walk in 35 postseason innings while striking out 74. Threw nine no-hitters, including five perfect games. Batted .494 with three home runs.

Softball

First Team

P Ashley Frederick, Patuxent, Jr.

Moved to the area from Pennsylvania and immediately established herself as one of the top pitchers in Maryland. Went 15-6 with a 0.36 ERA and 196 strikeouts as Patuxent nearly doubled its victory total from last season. Batted .331.

P Kerry Hickey, Huntingtown, Soph.

All-Met capped a breakout season by going 4 for 4 at the plate and pitching a two-hitter in the Maryland 3A championship game. Went 13-1 with 200 strikeouts in 96 innings. Batted .440, slugged .800 and had three home runs, 18 RBI and scored 25 runs.

C Kelsea Bullock, Patuxent, Soph.

The area's best defensive catcher batted .393 with three home runs. Repeat All-Extra.

INF Maggie Donaldson, Thomas Stone, Sr.

Repeat All-Extra batted .328 with 19 runs and 11 RBI. Struck out just twice in 67 at-bats. Will play for Bluefield (W.Va.) State.

INF Lauren Robison, Calvert, Soph.

Sharp-fielding third baseman batted .440 with three home runs and 17 RBI for the 2A champions. Went 4 for 7 in the state tournament.

INF Keirstynn Romero, Calvert, Jr.

Clutch hitter batted .315 with 16 RBI. Drove in the only runs with a two-out single in a 2-0 victory over Huntingtown on April 15. Went 2 for 3 and scored twice in Calvert's victory over Easton in the 2A final.

INF Kelli Seger, Huntingtown, Sr.

Hurricanes' vocal leader batted a team-high .442 with 20 RBI, 22 runs and only 3 strikeouts in 77 at-bats.

INF Sha Tabor, Thomas Stone, Jr.

Repeat All-Extra batted .444 with 3 extra-base hits, 20 runs scored and 12 RBI. Committed one error at shortstop.

OF Brittney Dyson, Thomas Stone, Jr.

Outstanding defensive outfielder batted .333 and scored 11 runs. Committed just one error from center field.

OF Lynn Pronobis, McDonough, Soph.

Batted .468 and had multiple hits in 11 of the Rams' 20 games.

OF Alex Sita, Huntingtown, Jr.

Ideal leadoff hitter had a .459 on-base percentage. Struck out only three times in 69 at-bats and drew 12 walks. Was 17 for 18 on stolen base attempts.

UT Carrie Higdon, La Plata, Sr.

Three-time All-Extra added shortstop to her resume. Batted .349, slugged .460 with 18 RBI. On the mound had a 0.82 ERA and held opposing batters to a .177 average. Will play for George Washington.

Honorable Mention

Pitchers: Nikki Agambar, Huntingtown, Jr.; Christina Pasquini, Chopticon, Soph.; Brittany Therres, Thomas Stone, Fr.

Catchers: Autumn Boyd, Thomas Stone, Sr.; Jordon Degennaro, Huntingtown, Fr.; Stephanie Randolph, Northern, Sr.

Infielders: Brandi Hankins, Calvert, Sr.; Nicole Kerfoot, Northern, Sr.; Erin Mahoney, Westlake, Sr.; Brittany Norton, Huntingtown, Sr.; Shanae Smoot, La Plata, Soph.

Outfielders: Megan Alford, La Plata, Sr.; Kirsten Forseth, Calvert, Sr.; Betty Jane Tennison, Thomas Stone, Sr.; Christine Upright, La Plata, Sr.